When it comes to extremes, no department of transportation in the United States comes close to what the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has to deal with. From the coldest weather in the US to the highest mountain in North America, Alaska presents a unique set of challenges. Marc Luiken is the commissioner of Alaska DOT&PF and in the third episode of Transportation Radio‘s profiles of state DOTs, Commissioner Luiken talked about the agency he leads.
This year’s Parking Industry Exhibition, aka PIE, returns to the Chicago area. A change in this year’s event is that there will be tracks focused on different segments of the parking industry, such as airports, municipalities and hospitals. The man responsible for pulling all this together is John Van Horn. He’s the editor and publisher of Parking Today and he spent a few minutes talking with Transportation Radio about the event.
The ITS World Congress returns to North America this year via Montréal. Claude Carette is the Director of Infrastructure, Roads and Transportation for the City of Montréal and serves as the chair of this year’s event. He talked with Transportation Radio about the conference and some of what visitors can look forward to.
When it comes to parking policy, UCLA‘s Donald Shoup is perhaps the best known expert on the topic. His 2005 book, The High Cost of Free Parking, is one of the American Planning Association‘s most popular and influential publications. Shoup discusses the subject, in depth, on the January edition of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast.
Brian Ness has served as the director of the Idaho Transportation Department since 2010. That’s given him a lot of time to not only know the department but to make his mark on the agency. In the second of Transportation Radio‘s series profiling state DOTs, Director Ness talks about innovation, “Nine Steps” and ITS, among other topics.
Debbie Hersman served two terms as the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and, since 2014, has been the president and CEO of the National Safety Council. She’s also serving as the chairman of the Road to Zero Coalition. In this month’s edition of the ITE Talks Transportation podcast, she discusses efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities with Transportation Radio‘s Bernie Wagenblast.
In less than a year the ITS community will be focused on Montreal when the ITS World Congress is held in the city. ITS Canada is the host, but long before the event the organization has brought together industry and public agencies to advance intelligent transportation in the country and to represent its interests internationally. Chris Philp of CIMA+ serves as the Chairman and CEO of ITS Canada and he spoke with Transportation Radio about what’s happening with transport technology in Canada.